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La sonnambula
Bel canto

The Italian for ‘beautiful singing’ is used to describe Italian opera of the first part of the 19th century. Three pre-eminent Italian composers of that era are Rossini, Donizetti and Bellini.

Haunted houses
Haunted houses

The Phantom of the Opera? It's not just in musicals that you'll find ghosts. Opera as its share of haunted houses too.

Wagner
Wagner

Composer Richard Wagner, despite the controversies surrounding his life and political views, bestrides German opera like a colossus.

Strong women
Strong women

Opera is certainly not the most tender artform to women. Between sacrifices, rapes, forced marriages, illnesses, suicides or even murders, women are often presented as the victims of a destiny. Here we focus on female roles who stand out by virtue of their strong, independent and enterprising character.

Tenors, La fille du régiment, Donizetti Opera Festival
Tenors

Tenors in opera frequently take the leading male role. They are said to have irresistible charm - on and off stage!

Mozart
Mozart

A man of the Enlightenment, Mozart is not a political animal; he has a sharp eye on the world around him.

Angela Meade
Sopranos

Soprano is the highest operatic voice and the most common in the female range.

Tara Erraught
Mezzo-sopranos

Mezzo-soprano, or ‘half-soprano’ is the female voice that stands between the soprano and the contralto.

Turandot
Visual worlds

Working alongside the conductor, director and the rest of the creative team, the opera designer creates the space in which the opera will be ‘set’.

Pelléas et Mélisande
Costume workshop

Diverse and dramatic, opera costumes are the first thing to appear in the spotlight, even before the performer has sung a note.

Puccini
Puccini

Giacomo Puccini is regarded as the greatest Italian composer of the generation after Giuseppe Verdi.

Artifacts Assembly
Emerging artists

In partnership with young artists’ programmes in Europe and beyond, OperaVision streams performances, masterclasses and concerts by the next generation of talent, as well as following their stories through a podcast series.

Orfeo, Garsington Opera
Orpheus

Orpheus has became the emblem of the artist who rises above earthly worries and brings us closer to eternal truths.

Richard Strauss
Strauss
Janáček
Janáček

Czech composer Leoš Janáček is a unique musical voice with an uncanny ability to suggest mood with just a few notes, an understated but passionate lyricism, and an emotional charge to his operas as powerful as any in the 20th century.

Xerxes
Baroquissimo!

The first ever operas were written around 1600 by baroque composers, including Monteverdi and Cavalieri, who used dramatic text and music to express their stories, which were often based on Classical Greek and Roman mythology.

Macbeth
Mad scenes

In opera, characters have more than enough reasons to tip over into madness.

Britten
Britten

Britten's operas explore profound human experiences that continue to captivate audiences around the world with their touching portrayal of the human condition.

Moniuszko
Moniuszko

Stanisław Moniuszko is generally regarded as the founder of Polish national opera and the most important composer of the 19th century after Chopin.

Rossini
Rossini

Gioacchino Rossini is considered one of the most talented Italian composers of his time and his best known for his comic operas.

Verdi
Verdi

Giuseppe Verdi is regarded as one of the greatest opera composers who played a pivotal role in shaping the evolution of Italian opera during the 19th century.

Dvořák
Dvořák

Antonín Dvořák was the first Bohemian composer to achieve worldwide recognition and is considered one of the greatest composers of the Romantic era. 

Tchaikovsky
Tchaikovsky

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s work stands out as among the greatest in Russian repertoire.

Baritones

Baritone, known as barytonos in Greek meaning ‘deep sounding’, is the most common male voice that stands between the tenor and the bass.

Sarah Champion as Daisy and Mark Le Brocq as Harry King in Anthropocene. Scottish Opera 2019.
Opera for our time

For over four centuries, opera has continually reinvented itself by experimenting with new ideas and adapting to evolving tastes.

La traviata
Love duets

There is no more moving moment in opera than the long-awaited love duet.

Orfeo
Greek myths and tragedies

Greek mythology, with its timeless themes of love, heroism, and the divine, has inspired composers to write operas throughout the centuries.

Michele Pertusi
Basses

A villain or a buffoon? What is the rarest and lowest voice type?

Inspired by Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s plays have been a rich source of inspiration for composers throughout history.

Long Story Short
Long Story Short

OperaVision has teamed up with Mia Mandineau to offer you some brilliant summaries of popular operas streamed on our platform, complete with humour, drawings and quirky references to current events. 

Henry Purcell in 1695 painted by John Closterman
Purcell

Henry Purcell is arguably England’s finest composer of music for the stage before Benjamin Britten, yet he wrote only one opera.

Jenůfa
The Year of Czech Music

Czech music is enjoyed on many opera stages. Thanks to collaborations with National Theatres in Brno and Prague, OperaVision has been extending the reach of both well- and little-known Czech music abroad. 

Schreker
Schreker

In the beginning of the 20th century, Austrian composer Franz Schreker was one of the only opera composers in the German-speaking world whose success could compete with Richard Strauss.